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The Weight of Water

UT students reimagine swim resistance training with newly licensed technology.

A team of recent University of Tennessee graduates stand to revolutionize competitive swimming training with the invention of a swim resistance device, newly licensed with the assistance of UTRF.

The technology was born out of Associate Professor Emeritus J.A.M. Boulet’s senior design course for fourth-year students in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE). The course presents real-world problems to teams of students and tasks them with developing a solution using the engineering design process. Each team is given a quandary at random, drawing their assignment from a hat. It was the luck of the draw that partnered together Kelsey Ann McConachie, Isaac Nolan, Thao Strong, and Ryan Tinker to tackle a long-standing vexation in the world of competitive swimming: efficient resistance training in the water.

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